- Rugged Phones
Mobile phone contract is up, would like to get a phone which I could use the GPS for biking but with that in mind the phone would need to take a few beatings as I would like to use the maps on it, basically I want an all in on handset instead of a garmin map device and a phone. Is there any phones out there you can recommend?Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
its not a recommendation as such, but Id be interested if you do get a chance to evaluate a Quechua 5
the screen is pretty poor spec, it’s made by Archos (oh noosss!) so is bound to be glitchy. But it has been ruggedised for outdoor use.
Personally Id still go for a Nexus 4 and splash out on a sooperdooper case though.Posted 4 years agowelshfarmerSubscriber
Samsung Galaxy Xcover2
more than happy with mine. Very good GPS. 32mb SD card with full 1:50K maps of UK and all of Wales at 1:25K. Will work in 1 metre of water for 30 mins (can even take underwater photos). Supposedly will survive a 6 metre drop onto concrete but not tested that! Basically it is a Galaxy 2 in a tough case. I did a lot of research into this about 4 months ago and the Xcover 2 was the only one that covered all bases without being silly money or far to big!Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
I was toying with the idea as Mrs Stoner needs a new phone. I like my nexus 4, but neither she nor I need/want a 5″ nexus5 and the Quechua 5 would, as you say, be big too.
SO I bought a “mint” condition s/h Nexus 4 on ebay yesterday for her for £150. Im happy with mine for a few more years yet.Posted 4 years agoPiefaceMember
Whats the issue with the 5c? surely its as delicate as any other phone?
Whats the difference between the Lifeproof nuud and fre, and how much extra bulk do they add (Lifedge don’t do a case for the 5c). One of the things I like about the iPhone is its still relatively small, but adding one of these cases puts all of that out of the window.
I normally put my phone in an Ortlieb bag and have a slim sillicone bumper and screen protector, is the lifeproof still worth getting?Posted 4 years agohot_fiatSubscriber
I used to buy proper rugged phones, but they were hideously slow and compatibility with various devices (cars and tomtom mainly) was very limited.
Moved to iPhone nearly 3 years ago and not looked back. Now my 5C in its standard apple cover and aquapack is as rugged as most people would need – far more so than either a 4 or 5/5s as there’s no glass back cover to shatter into a million pieces. I did look at the topeak bar mount, but wasn’t all impressed with the waterproof cover they provide.Posted 4 years agotomcrow99Subscriber
My Xperia Z is currently at Sony after the front and back shattered after I dropped it on the bathroom floor whilst on the bog!! Waterproof yes – rugged no. Also be aware that the Z/Z1/Z1 compact all have a shatter proof film over the glass front and back which scratches really easily despite being on top of “hardened” glass.Posted 4 years ago
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